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Centenarian says 'lots of veggies' key to good health

See Lau celebrates her 100th birthday with half-daughter Grace Cheung (left) and daughter Sandy Wong (right). - Matthew Hoekstra
See Lau celebrates her 100th birthday with half-daughter Grace Cheung (left) and daughter Sandy Wong (right).
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It's a familiar nag, but one parents have good reason for. At least in See Lau's case.

At the Kinsmen Adult Day Centre Wednesday, the Richmond woman celebrated her 100th year on the eve of her milestone birthday.

Lau said the secret to her long life is a very natural diet—particularly vegetables.

"Lots of veggies," she said through a translator.

Lau arrived in Richmond from Hong Kong in 1995. The former housewife now attends the Kinsmen centre twice a week. Located near the hospital, the centre offers activities, programs, meals and a place for socialization for adults and frail seniors and people with disabilities.

Those who know Lau understand there's more to her long life than carrots and bok choy.

"She's calm. She never gets angry," said half-daughter Grace Cheung.

At the Kinsmen—which has now celebrated milestone birthdays for two centenarians—Lau enjoys tai chi, and is known for her mahjong skills and zest for life.

"She enjoys life. You can see by her smile," said Joan Garritty, executive director of the Richmond Kinsmen Home Support Society, which operates the day centre. "She's got a great spirit."

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